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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 21 May 2015

"Beauregarde: War Journal"

 
Issue#101: Beauregarde: War Journal

Beauregarde has a flashback to his time in the Hill Top Army....

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from the Marvel Comics series The Punisher War Journal, a comic book series which began in 1988. The comics featured the solo adventures of former Marine turned vigilante Frank Castle a.k.a The Punisher.

This issue brings up Beauregarde's time in the Hill Top Army, This had previously been alluded to in in his very first appearance in issue#37: "Barnaby and Beauregarde". The grumpy bunny was a commander in the army and moved to Moloch Falls after several wars.

In this issue we finally get a small flashback to Beauregarde's Hill Top wars.

We previously saw Beauregarde's underground home in issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men" and in issue#81: "Beauregarde's Booze Blues". However this is the first time that we are invited to see his medals and photographs.

Feigenbaum has to squeeze and bend himself down due to his size despite being imaginary.

Feigenbaum and Beauregarde first became friends in issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde".

Beauregarde last appeared in issue#98: "Ground Control to Barnaby Banks". Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#99: "Loaker In The Sky".

Thursday, 14 May 2015

"Let The Gremlins Eat Cake"



Issue#100: "Let The Gremlins Eat Cake"

It's Barnaby and Loaker's Birthday and there's a cake....but not for long.

Notes and References:

This is issue#100 of the weekly webcomic (which means I've been drawing and working on Barnaby and Loaker for a hundred weeks straight) and as such Barnaby and Loaker celebrate their birthday. This is the first birthday that has been seen to be celebrated by the characters in the comic.

The title of this issue was originally "Happy Birthday Barnaby and Loaker" and it had a slightly different story where Emily Hair, Kathy Dudbert and Bancroft all waited at the party for Barnaby and Loaker to appear and then it would cut to the two gremlins lying stuffed with birthday cake in kitchen. The title and the story were changed to show the brothers misbehaving more and to concentrate on their desire for cake. It was also changed to become a solo Barnaby and Loaker issue to mirror the early strips where only the two gremlins would appear.

The title of this issue comes from the french phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" (translated into english: Let them eat cake). The phrase was supposedly said by "a great princess" (mistakenly thought of as Queen Marie Antoinette) upon learning that the lower class citizens had no bread, the quote shows the disregard the princess and by extension the upper class had for the so called peasants.

The Banks family kitchen was last seen in Issue#98: "Ground Control To Barnaby Banks" where Barnaby makes his ill fated phone call to the Ammon Hills Space Camp.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

"Loaker In The Sky"

 

Issue#99: "Loaker In The Sky"

Loaker and Feigenbaum take a hot air balloon trip...  

Notes and references:

The title of this strip "Loaker In The Sky" comes from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", a song primarily written by  John Lennon for The Beatles' 1967 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

Loaker and his imaginary friend Feigenbaum decide to take a Hot Air Balloon journey over Moloch Falls. While Feigenbaum reflects on things, Loaker decides to spit on the people below.

Hot air balloons are the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered hot air balloon flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in France 1783.

This is one of the few issues where the viewer can get a sense of what the town of Moloch Falls looks like.

 The idea of this issue came from looking at original Moomins strips and images of the main characters in a Hot Air Balloon. The Moomins were created by a writer and illustrator called Tove Jansson in Sweden and Finland. The strips focus on the adventures of The Moomin family, a group of fairy tale troll creatures.

Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#92: "Love and Other Imaginary Things" and Loaker last appeared in issue#95: "Gremlin Gulliver's Travels".

The Hot Air Balloon that they are on has a Pooka face on the actual balloon.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

"Ground Control To Barnaby Banks"

 

Issue#98: "Ground Control To Barnaby Banks"

Barnaby has a disappointing phone call conversation with the Space Camp...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from the 1969 David Bowie song "Space Oddity" which appeared on the album "David Bowie". The song's opening and repeated line is "Ground Control To Major Tom". The song tells the story of a fictional astronaut called Major Tom who is mentioned in other songs including "Ashes To Ashes" and "Hallo Spaceboy".

Barnaby's drama with the Ammon Hils Space Camp continues from last week's issue.

Barnaby mentions Ammon Hills again, a neighbouring rival town to Moloch Falls.

The space helmet that Barnaby was wearing in Issue#97: "Gremlins In Space" appears on the kitchen table in this issue and as part of the fully realised costume that appears in the header.

Beauregarde appears and is his usual grumpy self in the final panel of this issue. The misanthropic bunny last appeared in Issue#95: "Gremlin Gulliver's Travels".

Thursday, 23 April 2015

"Gremlins In Space"

 
Issue#97: "Gremlins In Space"

Is Barnaby really being sent into Space? He certainly thinks so....  

Notes and References:

Barnaby was given a ticket to attend the Ammon Hills Space Camp by his parents. In this issue he mistakenly believes that he is actually going to be sent into Space.

The title of this issue comes from the 1965 sc-fi tv series "Lost In Space". The television series was created by Irwin Allen and tells the story of the space family Robinson who become lost in outer space.

This is the first appearance of Barnaby's space helmet as well as the first mention of his interest in outer space. Although his interest in stars and the night sky was mentioned Issue#43: "Gremlins in the Moonlight".

The Space Camp is in Ammon Hills, a neighbouring rival town to Moloch Falls. Ammon Hills has been mentioned several times and is the home of Feigenbaum's brother Marlo and his nephew Zero. Feigenbaum's Ammon Hills family first appeared in Issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew.

Kathy Dudbert last appeared in Issue#92: "Love and Other Imaginary Things" where she could be seen breaking up with her new boyfriend Barney.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

"Who Will Buy This Wonderful Mole?"

 
Issue#96: "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Mole?"

Barnaby attempts to sell the Mole-Men....but soon has to drop his prices.  

Notes and References:

This issue takes it's title from the Oliver! : The Musical's song "Who Will Buy". The main chorus of the song contains the repeated line- "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Morning?". The musical was created by Lionel Bart in 1960 and made more famous in the 1968 film by Carol Reed.

After the recent problems with the Mole-Men in the last two issues, Barnaby decides to sell and eventually to give them away.

The desk that Barnaby is sitting at is similar to the desk that Barnaby and Loaker were seated at in the original header for the site.

Bancroft last appeared in Issue#85: "Bancroft Rises". He is still currently stuck in his gremlin suit.

Emily Hair can be seen walking towards Barnaby and Bancroft, implying that she will be taking some Mole-Men away with her.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

"Gremlin Gulliver's Travels"

 

Issue#95: "Gremlin Gulliver's Travels"

Barnaby realises that the Mole-Men are getting out of control...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from the satirical fantasy novel "Gulliver's Travels" written by Jonathan Swift in 1726. The novel is a pardoy travel-memoir of Lemuel Gulliver as he travels to the strange lands of Lilliput (a land ruled by tiny people), Brobdingnag (populated by giants) and Houyhnhnmland (a land where talking Horses are the dominant species)

The issues takes it's title from "Gulliver's Travels" because it mimics the famous scene where Gulliver is being tied down by the tiny folk of Lilliput. In the issue, Loaker is being tied down by the Mole-Men.

The Mole-men, who returned in Issue#94: "The Occupied Garden", make their presence known by tying down Loaker. Their strange manner and culture was previously hinted at in Issue#10: "Barnaby and Loaker VS The Mole-Men" where they could be seen worshipping Barnaby and Loaker's time capsule.

Beauregarde continues to show his frustration at the return of the Mole-Men.

Barnaby decides to do something about the Mole-Men, the conclusion to this will be seen next issue.